Jazz’s Favors (and maybe Hood?) linked to Cavs

One of the items listed on the wish list on the scratch pad on Koby Altman’s desk is most likely “add size.”

To that end, the first-year general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers could be looking West in an ability to cross that item off his wish list, according to a report.

As in Utah, and Derrick Favors.

Headed toward unrestricted free agency this summer, Favors is making $12 million this season and Utah — one of the most active teams in the league — is reputed to be looking to move him before the Feb. 8 deadline in order to receive something back and not lose him to free agency after the season.

Would Altman ask the Jazz about a package that also includes shooting guard Rodney Hood, another Jazz player headed toward unrestricted free agency after this season? Hood, a 6-foot-8 left-hander, is making $2,386,864 this season.

The salaries of Favors and Hood would be a match with what Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson is making this season — $16,400,000 — to make a potential trade work.

Like the Jazz, the Cavs are believed to be one of the most aggressive teams when it comes to looking for a deal.

Favors, a 6-foot-10, 265-pound power forward, is having a good season for the Jazz. He is averaging 12.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 28.1 minutes per game, while shooting career-bests from the field (55.4 percent) and the free-throw-line (71.9 percent).

He has started all 40 games in which he’s played for Utah (17-26) this season.

Favors, the 26-year-old Georgia Tech product selected third overall in the 2010 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets, has career averages of 11.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in his eight-year NBA career.

9 Comments on "Jazz’s Favors (and maybe Hood?) linked to Cavs"

  1. Derrick Favors is definitely a good fit for Cleveland, and Rodney Hood could help them also if Utah wants to trade him. I suspect Utah would trade either one or the other, and plan to pay one or the other. Utah has Gobert, so Favors may be the odd man out financially, but hopefully they might want to let Rodney Hood go as well (to the Cavs) for a draft pick or something…

  2. Hi Sam,

    I like favors. he’s a pretty good upgrade over TT. Hood is a good young scorer, but how much does he help you on the defensive end? He’s not the best defender at this juncture in his career. Shouldn’t they go after a 2-guard who excels on the defensive end

    • Hood has a better defensive rating than any of our shooting guards. He’s also averaging more points than any of our shooting guards.

      • Yes, I know that but he’s not a stopper. And the Cavs needs someone who actually excels on that end of the floor, someone who could be really disruptive like Bazemore. But if it’s favors and hood for TT, I would do that in a blink of the eye. If the Cavs add their first-round pick, they’re not going to be able to make any more trades. I agree though it is an improvement

        • I could be wrong, but I’m certain I read in a couple of places that there is a way around the rule, that would allow the Cavs to trade their own pick as well as use the Brooklyn pick. Maybe someone with better knowledge about this particular rule can help.

  3. Hard to imagine Cavs doing a 1 for 2 trade with so few minutes available. A 2 for 1 seems like a better way to get guys happy with their roles and in game shape.

    Joe Johnson seems like the Jazz payer that could help us the most. Except for the oldness, he is probably the best fit for the direction these teams are heading. We have a ton of guards though and im not sure how tradable ours are. Id like to hold on to Rose because he made this team go. Wade should be kept. After that id make our other guards available.

    • Getting Joe would be huge for the Cavs but adding someone as old as Joe to the already “veteran” Cavs team just seems backwards. Could def make a difference but how big?

  4. Don, would absolutely be asking for both Favours and Hood, without a doubt. Favors, while listed as a PF, the consensus, especially this season in particular, is that he is a better as a centre. Would not be going anywhere near the Brooklyn pick for them unless they offered their own pick back.

    1. TT for Favours straight up, no picks. Or,
    2. TT + Cavs pick for Favors and Hood. Or,
    3. TT, Nets pick for Favors, Hood and Utah 1st back.

    Favors and Hood combined aren’t worth the value the Nets pick holds, If Utah are asking for it, Altman has to ask for and demand the Utah pick back. The Cavs would simply be swapping a lottery pick for a pick around 10, but gaining a C/PF and SG as well as dumping a horrible contract. Otherwise its Favors and Hood for the Cavs own pick and we hold onto the Nets pick. Just my take on it anyway.

    • Favors value and Hoods value by themselves are higher then that of TT. It would def take the cavs 1st round pick to get either player + TT.

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